J Thomas Ranken Appointed President of Washington Clean Technology Alliance

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The Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) today announced the appointment of J. Thomas Ranken as its first full time President & CEO. The appointment of a full-time executive marks an important milestone for the Alliance and confirms cleantech as an important new sector in Washington.

Washington Clean Technology Alliance promotes the growth and development of cleantech in WA state.

Tom is a recognized leader in growing industries that will drive our state’s future

The Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) today announced the appointment of J. Thomas Ranken as its first full time President & CEO. The appointment of a full-time executive marks an important milestone for the Alliance and confirms cleantech as an important new sector in Washington.

Ranken is a recognized leader in the business and innovation communities. He has held leadership positions as co-founder and CEO of VizX Labs, President and CEO of Axio Research Corporation, and was the first full-time President & CEO of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA). He grew the WBBA from a small start-up organization with one part-time staff person to the state’s leading voice for biotech with robust policy, membership services and events programs.

“Tom is a recognized leader in growing industries that will drive our state’s future,” said Marc Cummings, WCTA Policy Chair. “His experience in the private sector, combined with his demonstrated results in growing a tech-based industry association, his ability to identify and develop valuable programs for members, and his political acumen, are the perfect fit for the growth and development of WCTA and the clean tech industry in Washington.”

Ranken’s focus will be growing the breadth and depth of services for WCTA members, and building on the WCTA’s policy and business development successes over the last three years. “There is no more exciting growth opportunity for Washington than the cleantech industry. WCTA members are recognized leaders in research, building efficiency, green building and design, environmental remediation, and innovative generation and delivery of electrical power,” Ranken said.

The WCTA was founded in 2007 by a partnership of McKinstry, Mithun, Prometheus Energy, Prosperity Partnership, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington’s Department of Commerce, enterpriseSeattle, Stoel Rives, and other organizations. Its membership has since grown to include leaders in the field, including Puget Sound Energy, University of Washington, Washington State University, the City of Seattle, 3Tier, and others.

Contact: Tom Ranken, (206) 389-8655, http://www.wacleantech.org, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500, Seattle, WA 98101.

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